Meet OUR

STAFF

Administration &
Quality Management

TODD LARE

Executive Director

Todd is a lifelong Hoosier who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary Social Studies education and Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Todd’s professional background includes serving in senior leadership at CareSource, as CEO/Executive Director of South Central Community Action Program, and as a member of the local United Way/FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the Region 8 Workforce Development Board, and the Indiana Community Action Association Board of Directors.  He also served as Public Policy Chair of the Community Action Association Board for 3 years and as the President of that board for 2 years.

Dennis Wilkinson

Director of Finance

Dennis volunteered with Step-Up from 2005 to until he began working at Step-Up in November 2018.  His background includes Internal Audit, Loss Prevention and Finance.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University.  Dennis has been with his partner since 1999 and they were married in 2017.  They both enjoy traveling, warm weather and hanging out with friends.  Dennis is originally from Terre Haute and is one of 6 brothers and 2 sisters.  Dennis is passionate about Step-Up and their mission. 

HANNAH KISTLER, MSW, LSW

Director of Client Services

Hannah started her tenure at Step-Up, inc. in 2012 as a Non-Medical Case Manager and transitioned to her position as the Director of Client Services in mid-2016. Hannah is a Licensed Social Worker, with a Master of Social Work from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Anderson University. Hannah is enthusiastic about her role and brings over 10 years of experience in the field of HIV client services. In her free time, Hannah enjoys watching women’s soccer and spending time outdoors.

ABIGAIL Carr, MPH

Director of Re-Entry Services 

After completing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Dayton in 2015, Abby Abram found her passion for the field of public health while serving a year with AIDS United AmeriCorps. In 2016, she pursued her Master of Public Health at the University of Indianapolis and began her career at Step-Up, Inc. As the Director of Re-Entry Services, Abby is passionate about reducing health disparities and instilling hope in Indiana Department of Correction. Additionally, Abby serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Society for Public Health Education and as Adjunct Faculty at her alma mater, the University of Indianapolis.

Conner Tiffany, MPH

Director of Outreach and Prevention  

Conner graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with a Bachelors degree in Biology in 2018. During the latter end of his time at IU Bloomington, Conner found his passion in public health which influenced him to pursue a Master of Public Health at IUPUI. Conner focused heavily on prevention within health policy and completed his Master of Public Health in 2020. He began his professional career at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) in the violence prevention field before transitioning to the HIV/STD field where he led quality improvement and health equity efforts throughout the state. Conner is excited to continue his profession career in prevention at Step Up. In his free time, Conner enjoys a plethora of activities, including running with his father, playing trivia at local venues with his group of friends, and hunkering down to watch a new documentary.

Mara White

Quality Manager

Mara started her tenure at Step-Up, Inc. in October 2018 as a Case Manager with the Re-Entry Services team and transitioned to her current position in August 2019. Mara is a graduate from Indiana State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Mara has extensive experience working in the criminal justice system and re-entry services.

Sherika Sides, MPH

Program Manager 

Sherika has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University- Bloomington and a Master’s in Public Health from Indiana State University. Before coming to Step-UP, Sherika worked as the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at the Indiana State Department of Health. Sherika’s professional background also includes working as a disease intervention specialist and a community health worker at the Marion County Public Health Department. In her spare time, Sherika enjoys spending time with her family and dog and volunteering at the humane society with her son.

Suzanne Thompson

Director of Development 

Suzanne holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Kentucky. She lives and works with a simple philosophy of “Work. Play. Do Good”. This is embodied in her dedication to exceeding expectations, experiencing the world through the openness and eagerness of a child’s mind, and empowering others for the greater good of the community. She has 19 years of diverse experience in non-profit development and fundraising. 

Client Services

ABBY FOLTZ

Non-Medical Case Manager

Abby recently began working with Step Up, Inc. as a non-medical case manager. Though she is new to the field, she is familiar with the work seeing as her family has worked in this field for many years. Before joining the Step-Up team, Abby was a cosmetologist and receptionist and has always loved working with the public. She is very excited to start this new journey by reaching out to the community. 

ANA COOPER

Non-Medical Case Manager 

Ana is a Non-Medical Case Manager with Step-Up Inc. since January of 2018. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Marian University. Ana has worked in family services helping a diverse population of families. Ana is excited to also support the Latino community in Indianapolis as she is fluent in Spanish and English. Ana enjoys spending time with friends and family in her free time.

DUSTIE GOLDSMITH, MSW, LCSW

Medical Case Manager & Mental Health Clinician

Dustie Goldsmith, MSW, LCSW, is a Medical Case Manager and Mental Health Clinician for Step Up’s HIV Client Services. Dustie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indiana University School of Social Work. Prior to joining the team at Step Up in 2019, Dustie has worked in various mental health roles including with survivors of domestic violence, individuals placed in long term inpatient psychiatric care, children in foster care settings, children placed in juvenile detention centers, and in suicide prevention at an Indianapolis children’s hospital emergency room. In her free time, Dustie enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, reading, and long-distance running started her tenure at Step-Up, Inc. 

EMILY GRESE, MSW, LSW

Non-Medical Case Manager

Emily graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2017 and with her Master’s in Social Work in 2018. She joined Step Up as in intern in February 2017. In December of 2017, Emily began working for Step Up as a Non-Medical Case Manager and is currently in the position of Housing Team Lead. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing with her dog, baking, and exploring different parks around the city.

Jake Dean, BSW

Non-Medical Case Manager 

Jake currently works as an HIV/AIDS Care Coordinator with Step-Up, Inc. Prior to working at Step-Up, he was a BSW intern at Meridian Health Services HIV Care Coordination in Muncie, IN and a volunteer with Muncie Outreach. Jake graduated with his BSW from Ball State University. He lives in the Indianapolis area with his husband and their pets. Jake enjoys spending his free time hiking, visiting state parks, playing board games, and watching Food Network shows.

MADISON SCHAEFER, BSW

Non-Medical Case Manager

Madison is a Non-Medical Case Manager with Step-Up Inc. since February of 2019. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work and Sociology from Indiana University. Madison enjoys spending time with her pets and loved ones. Her hobbies include traveling, embroidering, horticulture, and volunteering with the community.

MANUEL GONZALEZ-CARRASCO

Non-Medical Case Manager 

Manuel (Manny) Gonzalez-Carrasco started his HIV services career in New Mexico as a Housing Non-Medical Case Worker. The position was temporary, but Manny fell in love with the work and the difference he was making in his community. In September 2020 Manny moved back to Indianapolis and continues his journey in the HIV field. In his free time, Manny enjoys watching documentaries and hiking.

Rachel Biddle

AmeriCorps Member 

Rachel Biddle studied Community Health at IUPUI, graduating in 2021. She found a love for this work through Dr. Carrie Foote’s AIDS in Society course. She thought AmeriCorps would be a great next step in her journey. She is so happy to be at Step-Up! Rachel loves spending time with her girlfriend, her niece, and relaxing.

ROBIN HUNTER

Non-Medical Case Manager

Robin has been a Non-Medical Case Manager since March of 2018. Before working at Step-Up Inc., she studied computer engineering at IUPUI and has had years of experience in customer service and IT. Robin is passionate about technology and interactive media. She combines her passion with her employment to improve quality assurance and efficiency at the agency. Robin’s interests include video games, films, music, and spending time with loved ones.

Outreach, Prevention & Testing Services

Jasmine Bell

Outreach & Testing Coordinator 

My name is Jasmine and prior to coming to Step-Up, I was a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) for 11 years. I am very passionate about working with people, specifically helping them stay informed and on top of their sexual health. I plan on going back to school to finish pursuing my bachelor’s degree in psychology soon. In my down time I love spending time with my daughter, family and friends, meditation, and enjoying all the beautiful things life has to offer. 

Lydia Porte

Outreach & Testing Coordinator

Lydia is a graduate of Indiana University- Bloomington and a former AmeriCorps member with a passion for providing equitable care and services to communities in need. With her commitment to making a difference, Lydia is excited to be joining the Step-Up family. In her leisure time, this plant mom loves spending time with her plant babies and watching anime.

MICHAEL ROBINSON

Testing Manager

Michael has several years of experience in the customer service field and is great at creating a safe and comfortable space for someone to obtain testing services. He has been certified by both Red Cross and Indiana State Department of Health as a HIV/AIDS instructor, counselor, tester.  Michael has been with Step-Up since 2013.

SYLVIA THOMAS

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Sylvia Thomas has been at Step Up since May 2018. She graduated with her Bachelors Degree in U.S. History in 2018. In her career, while working with people living with HIV/AIDS, Sylvia has also had experience in working in grassroots movements and in international diplomacy for Transgender Rights, Racial Justice, and Sex Work populations. While not working, she enjoys travelling, performing spoken word, and visiting local LGBTQIA+ establishments.

Re-Entry Services

J. JOHNSON

Forensic Care Coordinator

J. Johnson serves as a Forensic Care Coordinator, offering person-centered, community-based services to individuals with criminal justice involvment. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, Mr. Johnson is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army. During his military career he traveled extensively both domestically and abroad, residing in Europe for ten years. During his career he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Maryland. After his civilian career which included over twenty years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Johnson now focuses his energies on social service as exemplified through his personal motto “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Jason Jones, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jason Jones, MSW, LCSW is the therapist for Step-Up’s re-entry services. Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Ball State University. He has worked at the Indiana Department of Correction and the Indiana Department of Child Services. Jason completed his Master of Social Work degree in 2014 from Indiana University and joined Step-Up in 2017. Jason has experience in mental health and addictions treatment having worked in the mental health unit at Pendleton Correctional Facility. Jason lives in Indianapolis and enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling.”.

JENna Watkins

AmeriCorps Member

Having recently earned her BA in Anthropology, with minors in Classical Studies and Art, Jenna is now an AmeriCorps member at Step-Up for the 2021-2022 year. They are currently serving on the Indiana Peer Education Program (INPEP) and Outside Peer Education Program (OutPEP) team, as well as the Re-Entry Services team. She is excited and honored to be a part of Step-Up and the AmeriCorps 21-22 team and would love to continue service work in the future. She has recently found that she is passionate about working alongside folks who are currently or have been previously incarcerated. Jenna enjoys caring for her precious plants, spending quality time with loved ones, and visiting state parks.

JOEY BEYERS

INPEP Specialist

Joey is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences at IUPUI and will graduate in the fall of 2022. Joey was a part of the 2020-2021 Ending the Epidemic AmeriCorps team, and really found a passion helping underserved communities and people with diverse backgrounds. In his free time, he loves to travel internationally, help the LGBTQ+ community, and learn about different people of different cultures.

Kris Roehling

HepLink Team Lead 

Kris is a graduate of Rollins College with a BS in Psychology. She has decades of experience as a Recovery Coach, Community Health Worker, and Human Rights Advocate. Kris joined the staff of Step-Up in March of 2020 as the HepLink Care Coordinator and now serves as the HepLink Team Lead to ensure that people in Central Indiana gain access to treatment and get the cure for Hep C.  Kris is passionate about evidence-based, integrated, person-centered models of care including syringe access, SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, overdose reversal, harm reduction and housing first models of care.

Mallory Caudill

COAP Care Coordinator 

In 2013, Mallory received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Criminology from Butler University. She has worked to aid clients involved in the criminal legal system, community mental health settings, and currently serves as Care Coordinator for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) through Step-Up. Mallory is passionate about providing trauma-informed care to individuals and furthering her expertise in the field through pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Indiana University.

Tyler Bowles

INPEP Peer Support Specialist

Tyler Bowles, BA, CHW has a Liberal Arts degree from Indiana University. His professional background includes almost 2 years of re-entry case management experience with Step-Up Inc. back in 2013. Tyler then went on to work in the logistics industry for 5 years before returning to Step Up Inc. to work with the Re-Entry population again. Tyler is excited to be back work with the Step-Up Re-Entry team.

STEP-UP SUPPORTERS

Board of Directors

Eric David, Board Chair
Rich farmer
marissa miller
John Randolph, VIce chair and secretary
JON MARKEE, TREASURER
paula french
bryn jackson
michael martin drain

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